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#1 (permalink) Old 10-16-2008, 06:41 PM
 
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Compact spare tire

Has anybody given any thought to carrying a compact spare in the event of a flat?
Could probably pick one up at a junk yard in 15" size.
How to...
Adapt the 3 lug to 5 on the spare?
Where to put it?

I know, 2 different tire sizes and all, but this is strictly for a limp home mode.
Please discuss...
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...and to continue the question you started..has anybody had any luck using the factory provided fix a flat deal?...I believe they will work and do the job if the puncture is from a small nail or the likes 'cause if it is from what my bride run over, the only thing that would have plug that 1/4" hole would have been a double plug and glue thing available at all auto store(already in our tool bag)....anybody?

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Thats what I did. Bought a steel front wheel in Europe. (fit in my suitcase-30 euro) Put on the lowest profile compact spare from a junkyard. Jack from toyota also from junkyard . all set to go.
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I did exactly that, I bought a front steel wheel from the dealer (Not cheap), then got a like new donut spare (T125/70D15) from the junk yard for $15.00, thew away the wheel and had the tire mounted and balanced. The tire fit the wheel perfectly. With the driver's seat all the way back, the spare lays flat on the floor behind the driver's seat and clears the tail gate. I also go a jack at the junk yard for $7.00 Works for me.

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I did exactly that, I bought a front steel wheel from the dealer (Not cheap), then got a like new donut spare (T125/70D15) from the junk yard for $15.00, thew away the wheel and had the tire mounted and balanced. The tire fit the wheel perfectly. With the driver's seat all the way back, the spare lays flat on the floor behind the driver's seat and clears the tail gate. I also go a jack at the junk yard for $7.00 Works for me.
Anyone know if there is a hydraulic jack that wouldnt take up much space in the car? We have a mack jack, but it takes up too much space in our matrix, let alone a smart.
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1st off, most compact spares are larger than our tires and there's a slim chance you will find one that fits our 3 hole pattern and be the correct diameter. Just do what most of us tire paranoid people have done, get a new front tire and wheel from tirerack (I got the rial) for about $200 shipped. Then get a bag from the njbaglady. For jacking, get a jack from a salvage yard for a VW for $15-25 and get Mr Lugnut wrench at Walmart and put a 15mm deep socket on it. Put it all behind the drivers seat, fits for me and I'm 5' 9". This has a side benefit where stuff you put in the back won't fall into the hole behind your seat (wife's purse always fell in there).










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Thanks for photos and info

I'm not sure why I'm flat tire fobic - 40 years of motorcycle riding and I've never had a flat on the road. However, friends have.
Just a lot of stuff going bad lately. I was laid off in June. $200 is way over any budget I have, hence the junkyard search. I'm also 6'2", so every inch in width counts. But I am sure a lot of people will appreciate your info and photos. Nice bag, too.
I wish somebody made run flats - couldn't afford those either, though.
smart already rides like a John Deere on LA freeways - how much worse could run flats be?
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For a minor flat, you have the option to get it patched at a shop... or if it's 6pm Sunday and everyone's watching the Broncos win another game, you can patch it yourself with a Nealey's tire repair kit. I got mine in the mail a few days ago for $16.

Nealey Tire Repair Kit


This is a permanent patch, unlike Fix-A-Flat type goop where you have to take the tire in for cleaning, re-patching and possibly replace the tire and/or TPMS. It covers holes around 1/2" and can be used on the highway.

The drawback is it may take some muscle to get it applied... that's the case on a truck tire, but on a thin ContiPro? Anyone know?
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I'm in the process of making a spare from a donut. Have the tire dismounted and am going to have a buddy with a big lathe cut the center out of the rim, just outside the lug holes, then I'll cut a steel plate to fit the hole, drill and countersink it for the three lug bolts on the smart and weld it in place. Don't see why it shouldnt work just fine . Somebody was discussing the jack situation....looking through my junk shed, I found a small scissor jack that I had picked up at a junkyard sometime in the past and it turned out to be exactly what I needed for the Smart....thin enough to fit in the tool compartment and colapses to about 3 inches. I think it probably came from some small import or sub-compact US car. With a little modification, it works great on both the front and back.[/B]
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